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Famed Author to Jews: Trump Just 'Told Us' Who He Is

Author, wife Ayelet Waldman pen withering letter to Jews who support president

(Newser) - The latest to come out against President Trump after his words on Charlottesville: author Michael Chabon and his wife. The writer, who has a Pulitzer Prize under his belt for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, penned "an open letter to our fellow Jews" on Medium . In it,... More »

Obama's Security Adviser Sees Way Out of Korean Crisis

It starts with stopping the 'bluster,' writes Susan Rice

(Newser) - A quick peek online reveals that some people's nerves are starting to fray over the looming nuclear scenario in North Korea. But former National Security Adviser Susan Rice says "we need not face an immediate crisis if we play our hand carefully," and she offers some suggestions... More »

Trump Should Fear Damage Bannon Can Do In White House

In Bannon-McMaster tiff, McMaster isn't the real problem, 'WSJ' editors warn

(Newser) - New White House chief of staff John Kelly certainly has his fair share of challenges ahead of him—and one of them might be mitigating a coordinated alt-right attack against President Trump's national security adviser. The Wall Street Journal editorial board weighs in on what appears to be a... More »

Parents and Doctors, Hold Off on This 'Devastating' Surgery

Don't operate on intersex kids until they're the age of consent and can fully participate

(Newser) - When Kimberly Mascott Zieselman was 15, she had surgery she now says caused "irreversible harm" due to others' "discomfort with difference." In her op-ed for USA Today , Zieselman explains how, as a young teen, she didn't get her period like other girls, and when her parents... More »

This Is When Vegetarians Should Eat Meat

In a crowd, to show others that flexibility is OK, suggests an op-ed

(Newser) - If vegetarians want to persuade carnivores to eat less meat, they might consider eating a little meat themselves. The seeming contradiction is offered up by Alberto Giubilini in an essay at Aeon . He begins by offering up a relatively common scenario: A vegetarian is at a dinner party, and the... More »

Ken Starr: Trump Needs a Lesson From Nixon

'Profoundly misguided' attacks on Jeff Sessions threaten our rule of law, Starr writes

(Newser) - Kenneth Starr headed the investigation that ultimately led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. That's an important fact to remember given that Starr says President Trump's recent attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions are "one of the most outrageous—and profoundly misguided—courses of presidential conduct I... More »

There's a Flaw in McCain's Logic

Op-ed: By saving the health bill, he undermined his whole argument

(Newser) - John McCain got a hero's welcome on Tuesday when he returned to the floor of the Senate to cast a crucial vote to allow Republicans to take up health care reform. His colleagues gave him a standing ovation, given that he'd received a diagnosis of brain cancer less... More »

Trump's a 'Freelancer,' and That May Cost Him

Peggy Noonan thinks his reluctance to be an 'institution man' could doom presidency

(Newser) - At his six-month mark as president, Peggy Noonan writes that Donald Trump is being tripped up by the very trait that helped bring him to office. He's a "freelancer," she writes in the Wall Street Journal. That is, he's not an "institution man," and... More »

Trump Is 'Silencing Civil Servants, Stifling Science'

'Whistleblower' scientist says he was forced out of Interior Dept. role into 'ill-fitting' job

(Newser) - Joel Clement wants you to know he's not a member of the "deep state," or a representative of Big Government. Instead, call him "a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant … a worried citizen"—and now, per his opinion piece Wednesday in the Washington ... More »

Dems Need to 'Reject Siren Calls of the Left'

And embrace a more centrist perspective: 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - "Reject the siren calls of the left" is the advice Mark Penn and Andrew Stein offer for the Democratic Party in a New York Times op-ed. The two make a case for why Democrats have to move back to the centrist position advocated by President Bill Clinton in the... More »

Everyone Needs to Calm Down About the Wrestling Tweet

Columnist thinks media outlets are overreacting to a dumb joke

(Newser) - By some of the reaction to President Trump's wrestling video , you'd think he directly ordered his supporters to attack journalists. Come on, people, writes Jon Levine at Mediaite . The video was a "stupid joke," and that's all. Those on the left who have long been... More »

Pro-Life School Shamed Me for Pro-Life Decision

18-year-old Madeline Runkles punished after getting pregnant

(Newser) - "When girls like me who go to pro-life schools make a brave pro-life decision, we shouldn’t be hidden away in shame," 18-year-old Madeline Runkles writes in the Washington Post . Everything was going as planned for Runkles: She was president of the student council with a 4.0... More »

Newt: Media Missed Trump's 'Titanic' Foreign Policy Shift

Former speaker says Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia was unlike any before it

(Newser) - The media must have been otherwise occupied when President Trump gave a "historic speech" in Saudi Arabia this week, because they missed what Newt Gingrich writes in the Washington Post was the "real drama of the moment: a titanic shift in US foreign policy occurring right before their... More »

Slow Down on the Tweets After Terror Attacks

Social media gives terrorists the publicity they crave: Emily Dreyfuss for 'Wired'

(Newser) - After the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, thousands turned to social media to share information and offer their condolences. In doing so, they played right into the terrorists' hands, Emily Dreyfuss writes at Wired . At least one aim of attacks like the one in Manchester, England,... More »

When ISIS Goes After Kids, They're Trying to Bait Us

Terrorists want to instigate a 'holy war,' warns the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - That one of the victims in the Manchester bombing is just 8 years old is no accident: The bomber, whether he was working with ISIS or not, almost certainly knew that children would be at the Ariana Grande concert, writes the New York Times editorial board. It's a calculated... More »

What Killed Roger Ailes, per O'Reilly: 'Hatred'

Former Fox News host pens tribute to his late boss

(Newser) - To ex-Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, the late Roger Ailes was a "force of nature with an agenda," he writes in a tribute to his former boss in USA Today . O'Reilly explains Ailes' ultimate goal—to "infuse America with traditional philosophy and see to it... More »

2 Very Different Views on Trump Special Counsel

'New York Times,' 'Wall Street Journal' offer opposite takes

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is getting bipartisan praise , but President Trump thinks the appointment of a special prosecutor over the Russia-Trump campaign probe is a " witch hunt ." What does the media say? Dueling editorials from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times offer opposite takes:
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McCain: Tillerson Remarks Kill 'Hope' Across Globe

In human rights op-ed, senator says our values must inform US foreign policy

(Newser) - When John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one thing got him and his fellow POWs through the toughest moments: hope, bolstered by the belief that the US government and citizens had not forgotten them. But in a Monday op-ed addressing human rights in the New York Times ... More »

Trump at 100: The Positive Reviews

'Rousing success,' a 'sea change,' and 'pretty close to perfect' are what some are saying

(Newser) - The first 100 days are just about under President Trump's belt, and there's plenty being said online about his performance—and much of that analysis is enthusiastically positive. Some of the standouts in that category: (Or click here to see a roundup of negative reviews .)
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This Is the 'Best' Emoji

Who among us can't relate to the grimace?

(Newser) - "We all feel like gritting our teeth in a straight line sometimes," writes Leah Fessler at Quartz , which is exactly why she has deemed one emoji above all others "the best." The "grimace"—which Emojipedia also lists under the labels of "eek,"... More »

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